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Sept. 12, 2008

Kuperman appointed to Ida P. Haller Chair in Child Psychiatry

Samuel Kuperman, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a physician with UI Children's Hospital, has been appointed for a five-year term to the Ida P. Haller Chair in Child Psychiatry.

The chair was created in 2001 by gifts to the UI Foundation from the Haller Trust that upgraded a previously endowed professorship. Haller, a high school economics teacher from Davenport, designated her entire estate to create the trust. Haller, who died in 1971 advocated throughout her life for increased research, teaching and clinical support of child psychiatry.

Kuperman is director of the UI Division of Child Psychiatry and assistant director of the Child Psychiatry Residency Training Program. His research interests include the psychopathology of children of parents with alcoholism, genetics and alcoholism, genetics of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, and biological differences between children with hyperactivity and those without the condition.

"The Haller Chair can help advance the much needed research in child psychiatry and will hopefully lead to improved patient care. Dr. Kuperman, given his past accomplishments and ongoing research, is an excellent choice for the appointment," said Robert G. Robinson, M.D., professor and head of psychiatry at the UI Carver College of Medicine, who also holds the Paul W. Penningroth Chair of Psychiatry.

Kuperman earned both a bachelor's degree in psychology and a medical degree from the UI. He also completed residencies in adult and child psychiatry at the UI. He joined the UI faculty in 1983.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

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